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Stan Van Gundy hires Jeff Bower as Pistons general manager

Jun 2, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons’ new president and coach, needs a No. 2 in the front office.

Look no further than Jeff Bower, the former New Orleans Hornets general manager and current Marist College coach.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The other reported challengers for the job – Stu Jackson, Scott Layden and Otis Smith – were hardly inspiring. By comparison, Bower was a slam dunk.

Even in isolation, this is a pretty solid hire.

Bower had his good moments with the Hornets – drafting Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton in the 2009 second round chief among them – but he was ultimately undone by George Shinn’s ownership and Chris Paul’s wandering eyes. New Orleans decided it couldn’t continue with the status quo, and that meant losing Bower.

Of course, Bower was far from perfect with the Hornets. Signing Peja Stojakovic to a big contract backfired, and he tried too hard to get rid of Tyson Chandler before Chandler blossomed into the second-best player on the Mavericks’ 2011 championship team.

Overall, Bower doesn’t have the strongest track record of potential hires. But that’s partially due to his résumé being so lengthy, leaving more time for flaws to emerge.

Bower – well-respected around the league – should help Van Gundy communicate with agents and other executives, two groups who might be relatively foreign to the first-time team president. Van Gundy made this about fit, and among the well-fitting candidates, Bower was Detroit’s best option.

  1. lenbias34pt - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Chandler is a very Odd case.

    I thought he was THE reason the Mavs won their ring.
    Yet everywhere else he has gone has lost. People love to jump on the Knicks, and clearly if winning is your goal Mello is well over rated, but that said, The knicks have talent.

    Chandler has been there 3 years and the team has how many playoff series W’s to show for it?

    If getting rid of Chandler is your big mistake as a GM i’m comfortable having you in charge.

    Course the Pistons are in need of an over haul like few other teams have ever been.

    You have nightmare contract/players in Josh Smith and Jennings. And the one of the 2 players you know you want to keep is a free Agent.

    • conjecture101 - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      I don’t think Chandler is an odd case. Like many players, he is not a franchise player because his effectiveness is largely dependent upon coaching and surrounding players. That being said, when he has those things in place he is probably a top 3 Center. He had that in place in N.O. with CP3 & West. It was a horrible trade by Bower and an even worse trade retraction by Sam Presti of OKC who would likely be getting ready for his 4th consecutive NBA Finals appearance had he not cancelled the trade.

  2. mrlaloosh - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Good luck with THAT!

  3. xLith - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I didn’t know Andy Reid coached basketball.

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